Suggested Readings

Texts used for the AP Lang. & Comp. test are generally nonfiction. In order to prepare for the test students should start reading news and editorial sections of national newspapers, which can be found online.

In addition students could start reading a variety of nonfiction selections from various authors. I recommend at least two authors from each century to give students a broad base of reference. The following is a list of authors by century. Some of these authors are also known for their fiction and poetry, but students should concentrate on the nonfiction writings.

PRE-TWENTIETH CENTURY

Joseph Addison (1672-1719)         

John Locke (1632-1704)

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

James Boswell (1740-1795)

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Thomas Carlyle(1795-1881)

John Milton (1608-1674)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1722-1834)

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Thomas More (1478-1535)

Frederick Douglas (circa 1818-1895)

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Francis Parkman (1823-1893)

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Walter Pater (1839-1894)

Margret Fuller (1810-1850)

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

Richard Steele (1672-1729)

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Harriet Jacobs (Linda Brent)(1813-1897)

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Oscar Wilde (1759-1797)

Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)


20TH  CENTURY TO THE PRESENT

Edward Abbey  (1927-1989)

Gerda Lerner (1920 -)

Diane Ackerman (1948- )

Phillip Lopate (1943 -)

Paula Gunn Allen (1939-2008)

Barry Lopez (1945- )

Natalie Angier (1958- )

Norman Mailer (1923-2007)

Margaret Atwood (1939- )

Nancy Mairs (1943 -)

James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Peter Matthiessen (1927- )

Dave Barry (1947- )

Mary McCarthy (1912-1989)

Melba Patillo Beals (1941- )

Frank McCourt (1930-2009)

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

Bill McKibben (1960- )

Lerone Bennett Jr. (1928- )

John McPhee (1931- )

Wendell Berry (1934- )

Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

Susan Bordo (1947- )

Jan Morris (1926- )

Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974)

John Muir (1838-1914)

William F. Buckley (1925-2008)

Donald Murray (19223-2006)

Judith Butler (1956- )

V. S. Naipaul (1932- )

Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

Joyce Carol Oates (1938- )

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Barack Obama (1961- )

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

George Orwell (1903-1950)

Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952- )

Cynthia Ozick (1928- )

Richard Dawkins (1941- )

Francine Prose (1947- )

Joan Didion (1934- )

David Quammen (1948- )

Anne Dillard (1945- )

Arnold Rampersad (1941- )

Maureen Dowd (1952- )

Ishmael Reed (1938- )

Elizabeth Drew (1935- )

David Remnick (1958- )

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963)

Mordecai Richler (1931-2001)

Richard Ellmann (1918-1987)

Sharman Apt Russell (1954-)

Nora Ephron (1941- )

Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

Timothy Ferris (1944- )

Edward Said (1935-2003)

M. F. K. Fisher (1908-1992)

George Santayana (1863-1952)

Frances Fitzgerald (1940- )

Arthur M. Schlesinger (1917-2007)

Tim Flannery (1956- )

David Sedaris (1956- )

Shelby Foote (1916-2005)

Richard Selzer (1928- )

John Hope Franklin (1915-2009)

Leslie Marmon Silko (1948- )

Antonia Frasert (1932- )

Barbara Smith (1946- )

Thomas L. Friedman (1953- )

Red Smith (1905-1982)

Paul Fussell (1924- )

Shelby Steele (1946- )

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006)

Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936)

Henry Louis Gates Jr. (1950- )

Ronald Takaki (1939-2009)

Ellen Goodman (1941- )

Lewis Thomas (1913-1993)

Nadine Gordimer (1923- )

Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989)

Stephanie Elizondo Griest (1974- )

Cynthia Tucker (1955- )

David Halberstam (1934-2007)

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (1938- )

Elizabeth Hardwick (1946-2007)

John Updike (1932-2009)

Elva Trevino Hart

Gore Vidal (1925- )

John Hersey (1914-1993)

Alice Walker (1944- )

Edward Hoagland (1932- )

Jonathan Weiner (1953- )

Richard Holmes (1945 - )

Cornel West (1953-)

Bell Hooks (1952 - )

E. B. White (1899-1985)

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)

George Will (1941- )

Evelyn Fox Keller (1936- )

Terry Tempest Williams (1955- )

Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Garry Wills (1934- )

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

E. O. Wilson (1929- )

Barbara Kingsolver (1955- )

Edmund Wilson (1895-1972)

Maxine  Hong Kingston (1940- )

Tom Wolfe (1930- )

Paul Krugman (1953 -)

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Alex Kuczynski (1967 -)

Richard Wright (1908-1960)

Lewis H. Laphamn (1935 -)

Malcolm X (1925-1965)

T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935)

Anzia Yezierska (circa 1880-1970)